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Why enter our culinary award?

Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award is so much more than a competition:

  • It’s a unique experience to inspire the next generation of chefs to take it to the next level and push themselves to see what they can do
  • It’s an exciting challenge for young chefs to develop their skills and knowledge
  • It’s about being part of a chef community, meeting new chefs and connecting with the broader industry 
  • It’s a great way to show potential employers how passionate you are and gain credentials - the competition is judged to globally recognised standards
  • It’s entirely free to enter with prizes at every stage


Who can enter

Apprentice and junior chefs, who are:

  • Australian or New Zealand residents
  • Aged from 16 and under 25 years on 30th December 2021
  • Currently or recently employed (last 12 months) in the culinary industry (chef, cook, apprentice, culinary student)


Key Dates

29th March–21st May: Online Entry Open

21st May: Video Submissions Close

31st May: Round 1 Qualifiers and Round 1 Video Category Winners announced

June-July: Round 2 Regional and metro cook offs

June: Round 2 Regional and Metro cook off winners announced within 1 week of relevant cook-off

4th - 9th September: Round 3 Grand Final Cook offs

8th September: Industry Awards Night


How to enter

The 2021 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award is now officially open and entering couldn’t be easier.



Complete and submit the REGISTRATION FORM (takes 5 mins). You’ll then be directed to a page that will confirm your successful registration.


It’s no longer a mandatory requirement to submit a 3-minute video. However, if you do choose to submit a video, you can be in the running to win 1 of 6 $250 Prezzee cash vouchers. For details on this prize opportunity CLICK HERE. You can create any dish you think best showcases your skills and best demonstrates your personality as a chef.


Video category winners will be notified by 5pm Monday 31st May 2021, with the top video of each category receiving a $250 Prezzee/Prezzy (AUD/NZ) vouchers for you to spend as you wish.



So long as you’ve completed the registration form and meet the entry requirements, you’ll get to cook-off against other chefs at the regional heats (between June – July) and will be notified within 1 week of your assigned regional or metro cook-off.



The top 12 winning chefs from round 2 across Australia and New Zealand will then go on to compete in Round 3: The Grand Final Cook-off to be held at Fine Food Australia (International Convention Centre in Sydney). Finalists need to be available from 4th – 9th September inclusive. Reasonable travel costs including accommodation will be provided. Note: Date/location is subject to change.

At the grand finals, one chef will take out the Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year title and be awarded an AUD$10,000 cash prize to support their culinary advancement.


*Important Information: Entry is for individuals who are AU or NZ residents working (current or recent) in the culinary industry or are a current culinary student & aged between 16 & under 25 on 30.12.21. Registration is open between March 29th – May 21st 2021. Round 1 qualifiers and Round 1 Video Category Winners notified by 5pm AEST 31 May 2021. Round 2 (The Regional and Metro Cook-offs) will take place between June-July 2021 and winners notified within 1 week of relevant Regional and Metro Cook-off date and will proceed to Round 3. Round 3 (the Grand Final Cook-off) will be held in Sydney between Sept 4th – 9th 2021 (date/location is subject to change) and winners notified on competition of round. For full entry requirements and prize details see full T&Cs at Promoter is Nestlé Australia Ltd.

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Round 2: Regional & Metro Cook-offs

All 24 entrants per each region from round 1 will proceed to this round where we’ll invite entrants to compete in cook-offs (between June- July 2021) to determine the top entrant from each region to continue to round 3 (the grand final cook-offs).

Winners will be notified within 1 week of the relevant regional and metro cook off.

2021 AU Regional Dates and Locations


QLD Cairns 06/06/2021
ACT Canberra 22/06/2021
NSW Newcastle 23/06/2021



SA Adelaide 01/07/2021
WA Perth 04/07/2021
NSW Sydney 06/07/2021
VIC Melbourne 13/07/2021
TAS Hobart 15/07/2021
QLD Brisbane 17/07/2021
NT Darwin 20/07/2021

2021 NZ Dates and Locations


South Island Christchurch 08/06/2021
North Island Auckland 10/06/2021